New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Mandi system and the Minimum Support Price continued after the passage of the farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted in the Lok Sabha during his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President's address.

"After the laws relating to agriculture were passed by the Parliament, no 'mandi' has shut. Likewise, MSP has remained. Procurement on MSP has remained. These facts cannot be ignored," PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister cleared that the old agriculture system will continue and those who do not want the new system can continue with the old system. He said that while the government respects the sentiments of the farmers who are protesting against the agri-marketing laws, the agriculture reforms are necessary for the sector. 

"This house, our government and we all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why senior Ministers of the Government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for the farmers," the Prime Minister said. 

In his 90-minute address, The Prime Minister accused the 'Andolanjeevis' of hijacking the protest against the three laws. He said it is important for the country to differenciate between 'Andolanjeevis' and 'Andolankaris'. Referring to the coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister said India has managed the crisis successfully and has emerged as a ray of hope for the world. 

Meanwhile, members of the Congress and Trinamool Congress parties stage walkout in Lok Sabha during the Prime Minister's address. "We walked out because the Prime Minister did not discuss our concerns over farmers' death. He agreed that amendments are required in farm laws, (and that) some states will be benefit and some won't. Why do you have to bring laws that won't be benefitting everyone?" said Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Lakshay Raja